Upstream in Uptown

Psalm 25:9

‘He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way’

We watched a film a few nights ago called ‘Salmon Fishing in The Yemen’. There was a scene in the film when the salmon were let loose into the river. At first they went the wrong way. They went downstream. But after a few seconds their instinct kicked in and they turned around and went upstream.

Being a christian is hard. In business it’s hard. Our tendency is to go with the flow. To go downstream. I have that image when I get on the train sometimes and occasionally in an office environment. We go the way everyone else goes. But to follow our faith means, that most of the time, we need to go upstream. To fight for ethics in the work place. To not go with a decision that might be harmful. Or to leave the party early or client dinner early because we have friends or family relying on us for something. Or even to turn down the job or promotion that may take us even further into the wrong place. The place that has the ‘Keep out’ sign. We need to seek God’s guidance as to whether we are going upstream or downstream. Only we know. But, speaking personally, I know when I’m going  downstream. I sometimes go that way for days and weeks. The good news, is that at least I’m aware of it. Being blind to it would be worse. Awareness is important. It means we’re trying. So, think about what way you’re going. But whatever you do, don’t take a train that’s going in the opposite direction!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, we seek Your guidance today. We pray for the right directions in our life and career. Make clear the path we should follow and be with us on that path – Amen!

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Have you seen God lately?

Matthew 18:10

‘See you do not look down on these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven’

I was on the subway a few days ago. It was hot. Very hot. The hottest I’ve ever known it in New York City. When I got on the train the car was full of children on a summer camp. I can tell they had been to The Statue of Liberty and Chinatown. They were all wearing orange T-Shirts, smiling and happily talking among themselves. Sitting among them was a guy in his mid 50’s. I can tell he worked on a construction site by the hard hat he was holding in his hand and by the dirt on his clothes. He looked very tired but he managed to start up a conversation with all the children. He asked them where they had been, what souvenirs they had bought and if they’d had a good day. He was genuinely interested in them. Within 30 seconds he had them all fighting for his attention. They all wanted to show him what they had bought and tell him where they had been. He was just one of those friendly, chirpy New Yorker’s. It was fun to watch him. And they had fun talking to him. When they got to 42nd St they all got off. The last thing he said to them was “I’m just glad you kids had a great day.” I’m not sure he had. The temperature was in its hundreds outside and he was truly exhausted. I could tell. But he found the time to talk to those children. That’s love. God’s love. It was like Jesus Himself asking those children how their day was. There’s no real point to this. It’s just another one of those things that I occasionally come across and I see God. You might want to look out for Him too. He’s everywhere!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, help us to see you in everything so we can know you are with us. We give thanks and praise for the times when we do see you – Amen!